2. Canmore, Alberta


Canmore, in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, is home to the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park and the Grassi Lakes Trail, the latter boasting a waterfall and turquoise blue lakes. Canmore borders Banff National Park and the opportunity for both cross-country skiing and mountain-biking lies around every corner. Suffice to say, it’s a stunning place to live.

Just west of Calgary, this town offers up a quieter living situation than a larger city centre while still being close to everything you would need and want. When it comes to buying real estate in Canmore, now is the right time, as the town’s ideal location is garnering more attention, meaning it is about to get a lot more expensive. Alberta’s economy is constantly improving, and the tourist industry in the area is seeing a resurgence. Tourism-related industries accounted for 9% of the total number of jobs in Alberta.

Median Monthly Daycare Cost: $922.82

Percent of Families With Kids: 28%

Population: 13,992

Estimated Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

Average household income: $129,959

Average Price Of A Home: $912,436

1. Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon ManitobaEB Adventure Photography/Shutterstock

Brandon is the second biggest city in the province of Manitoba. Close to 50,000 people are privy to the area’s amenities, services, and employment opportunities. The city is host to a fine education sector, which boasts a wonderful public school system. Traffic is no big concern in Brandon, as there is a maximum commute time of 12 minutes throughout the city. The Daly House Museum is home to historic photos and antique displays while the Westman Reptile Gardens puts on interactive animal exhibits that are fun for the whole family.

As house prices drop, Brandon is becoming more of a buyer’s market. But as housing stock seems to be falling, it could mean the values of homes on the market might increase more rapidly. It is important to note that property sizes tend to be lower in Brandon than commonly available across the nation.

Median Monthly Daycare Cost: $738.48

Percent of Families With Kids: 27%

Population: 46,061

Estimated Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

Average household income: $90,226

Average Price Of A Home: $349,576

These are some of the best cities for families in Canada this year! Let us know if you live in any of the cities.

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